Friday, December 16, 2016

RTI Listeners meet 2016

The English service is more than happy to meet Indian listeners in early December, after an eight-year hiatus. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Alokesh Gupta and Dr. T. Jaisakthivel for helping make the two events successful. On December 3rd in Chennai, Carlson Wong and Paula Chao were warmly received by listeners whose sincerity, hospitality and passion will always be remembered. The get-together in Delhi on December 4th was also a fond memory. Like RTI Chairperson Lu Ping said in Delhi, listeners's support has helped linked the two countries together and prompted RTI to grow and better improve its broadcasts.
(Source: RTI Website)

The very severe Cyclone Vardah damage AIR Chennai

The very severe Cyclone Vardah made landfall in Chennai on 12 Dec 2016 noon creating lot  damages.

My observations of AIR Chennai.

All India Radio, Chennai was noted off air SW 7380 kHz from  at 0830 UTC on 12 Dec 2016 . They were heard past 0800 with weather warnings. The External Services via Chennai on 7270 at 1000-1100, 1115-1215 was  also missing. However the Home Service was noted on 4920 at 1200. MW transmission on 720 kHz is also noted as usual.

 The complete SW schedule of AIR Chennai is:

4920  50 kW 0015-0245 1200-1739
7380  50 kW 0300-0930 (Sun 1130)
7270 100 kW 0000-0045 Tamil, 0045-0115 Sinhala,  0130-0430 HS, 1000-1100 English, 1115-1215 Tamil, 1300-1500 Sinhala
Via Jose Jacob

Thursday, December 01, 2016

RTI Listener Club in Delhi and Chennai, India

Radio Taiwan International will attend luncheons organized by RTI Listeners' Club in Delhi and Chennai.

If you are interested in attending, please register with us first. Only those with valid RTI passes will be admitted.

The application process for an RTI pass is as such:

1. The registration deadline is November 28, 2016.

2. Please state your name, address, cellphone #, and RTI ID in your email.

3. We will send you an email confirmation after November 28, 2016 .

4. Scheduled lunch dates are as follows:

   December 3 (Saturday), 2016 at 11:00 AM in Chennai, India
   December 4 (Sunday), 2016 at 11 AM in Delhi, India

5. For each email, please state in the SUBJECT line (ONE of the following):

CHENNAI LUNCHEON (if you wish to attend the lunch in Chennai, India)
DELHI LUNCHEON (if you wish to attend the lunch in Delhi, India)

6. Venues will be given in the email confirmation which you will receive after Nov. 28.

7. RTI will accept applications by email only. Our email address is:

8. Since there is limited space for each luncheon, we can only allow those with email confirmation to enter. Please print out and bring the confirmation along with you on the day of the luncheon. Once the number of participants has reached capacity, registration will be closed without further notice.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


"Art of Broadcasting" a Tamil book jointly written by Mr.Ko.Selvam and Mr.Vijaya Thiruvendam (Former AIR Directors) in Dept. Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, on 22 Sep 2016 at 11.00 am.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Radio station plays Good Samaritan in upper Assam

A community radio station team based in Dibrugarh district is reaching out to flood-hit people in areas where government officials are finding it impossible to go.

Radio Brahmaputra is helping close to four lakh people in Dibrugarh, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts.

It is reaching out to them through its daylong flood bulletin, information dissemination, weather broadcast, updates on floods, broadcasting plans by the disaster management authority to victims, information about relief camps and live interaction with flood victims.

With over 15 lakh people affected by floods in the state, a nine-member team from Radio Brahmaputra began special programmes three days ago.
Source: TOI

FM radio has high involvement in media category: Report

Despite the information technology boom, FM radio has a high involvement in the media category, with more than 64 per cent of people tuning in to the medium every day, according to a report.
From the recall perspective, radio has 43 percent correct recall as compared to televisions 22 per cent, according to AZ Researchs Radio Listeners Research Report.
The study was conducted on 45,000 respondents comprising SEC A/B/C consumers between the age group of 14-50 years, covering cities like Ahmedabad, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow and Bengaluru.
Among these cities, Bengaluru exhibited the highest acceptance to the medium at 94 per cent, followed by tier II cities like Jaipur (89 per cent) and Lucknow (82 per cent).
It noted that in south, the medium is content driven while in the other parts of the country it is music driven.
The report also noted that 51 per cent people from SEC C segment listen to radio everyday compared to 72 per cent from SEC A and B, contrary to the popular belief that SEC C category accounts for the majority of radio listeners.
It observed that more than 71 per cent of listeners preferred to listen to the same channel at the same time, indicating strong loyalty, while respondents who flipped channels stood at 16 per cent. PTI DS NSK ABM

Radio to the rescue

People's Power Collective will screen a film 'A Radio of One's Own' by Shweta Radhakrishnan.
The film is based on the work of PPC, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation, which spent three years in field research, studying community radio models across the country, and two years in close partnership with the organisation Mandakini Ki Aawaz (MKA), creating their own innovative model of Community Radio, which places open participation, 'learning by doing', holistic capacity sharing over time, and democratisation of the airwaves, at its heart.
The community radio has easily helped spread awareness about public health risks, helped local businesses thrive and much more.
The PPC has also helped construct what they believe is India's first disaster-resilient community radio station.
They have trained many members of the local community as were willing to participate, equipping them with radio and life-essential hard and soft skills. They broadcast over 8 hours a day, Monday through Saturday, and 11 hours on Sundays, inviting cross-community participation.
The film is made by storyteller Shweta Radhakrishnan, a part of PPC.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the team.
Source: The Hindu

Sunday, June 12, 2016

All India Radio’s External Services Division requires language Interns

All India Radio's External Services Division requires language Interns

Prasar Bharati
(India's Public Service Broadcaster)'
External Services Division
All India Radio
***** .
No.ESD-1(Website )2016 Dated 16.05.2016
Part (A) 1) External Services Division (ESD) of All India Radio (AIR) has started web based broadcast for
some of its language services. In order to run these web portals smoothly, ESD requires language interns in each language on a fixed term monthly contract basis. The languages are as under:

(i) Urdu ii) Nepali iii) Bangia iv) Dari v) Pushtu vi) Tamil vii) Russian viii) Sinhala ix) Persian x) Chinese xi) Swahili xii)Thai xiii) Tibetan xiv) Burmese xv) Baluchi xvi) Arabic xvii) French xviii) Indonesian xix) Sindhi
2) language Intern: Two per language.
3) Term of contract: One year initially.

Qualifications : a) Graduate in any discipline from a recognised University
b) Knowledge of language for which applied preferably having a Certificate or Diploma.
c) Ability to type in the language on computer for which applied with good speed and fluency (Minimum 30wpm), besides this should be able to undertake small translations if required from English to the language.
d) Ability and proficiency to use computer for sending/receiving emails, making ppt.
4) Fee : Rs.20,OOO/- consolidated.

5) Age ,:,Minimum age 21 years
6) Last date of applying : 01.07.2016

7) Place of work: External Services Division, All India Radio, New Delhi. The applicant should be residing in NCRDelhi.

Selection of language interns will be made by a selection committee of AIR through written/type test followed by an interview for those who qualify in the type test and written test. Short listing will be done by the Selection Committee based on the combined ranking in written/type test and interview. A panel shall be prepared for each language, the first two as per merit shall be offered engagement in the first instance, remaining qualified candidates if any shall be waitlisted. The panel shall be valid for one year. The selected candidates will have no claim or right whatsoever for extension of the contract or for regular appointment.
Part (B)
candidates can also apply for part-time engagement as Web Assistants in the mentioned language services, their engagement shall be purely on assignment or day to day basis as per the requirement of the office. The maximum bookings available in a year shall be 72 days only.

1) The languages are :
i) Urdu ii) Nepali iii) Bangia iv) Dari v) Pushtu vi) Tamil vii) Russian viii) Sinhala ix) Persian x) Chinese xi) Swahili xii)Thai xiii) Tibetan xiv) Burmese xv) Baluchi xvi) Arabic xvii) French xviii) Indonesian xix) Sindhi
2) Web Assistant: A panel to be prepared for each language.
3) Qualifications':
a) Graduate in any discipline from a recognised University
b) Knowledge of language for which applied preferabiy having a Certificate or Diploma.
c) Ability to type in the language for which applied with good speed and fluency (Minimum 45 wpm), besides this should be able to undertake small translations if required from English.
d) Knowledge of Internet and computer MSWord for that particular language for which the candidate is applying.
4) Fee: Rs.750/- per day
5) Age : Minimum age 21 years
·6) Last date of applying: 01.07.2016·
7) Eligible candidates may apply on a plain paper enclosing therewith a copyot the relevant documents in respect of educational qualification, etc. alongwith· two latest·· coloured photographs. The application may'be sent to : .
The Director,
External Services Division,
All India Radio,
Parliament Street,
New Delhi-11000!
Or e-mail

8) Place of work: External Services Division, All India Radio, New Delhi. The applicant should be residing in NCR Delhi.

Selection of Web Assistants will be made by a selection committee of AIR through written/type test followed by interview. Short listing will be done by the Selection Committee based on the combined ranking in written/type test and interview. A panel shall be prepared for each language, the first two as per merit shall be offered engagement in the first instance as per the minimum required qualification. The selected candidates will have no claim or right whatsoever for extension of the contract or for regular appointment.
This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.
.(Mohan Singh)
Assistant Director{Co)

Via Alokesh Gupta

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

All India Radio turns 80, plans to widen overseas broadcast of Mann Ki Baat

AIR plans to broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat' programme to several countries and in multiple languages, says a top official said.

"We want Mann Ki Baat to reach as many people as possible across the world," Raj Shekhar Vyas, additional director general at AIR, said over the phone.

Mann Ki Baat has also been visually adapted for telecast on Doordarshan channels. Both AIR and Doordarshan are owned by public broadcaster Prasar Bharati.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

RTI 88

RTI is celebrating its 88th birthday and we are inviting you to send us your creative well-wishes from around the world! Use your cell phone or camera to create a picture that combines the number 88 with an image that represents your country (national flag, map, landmark etc). You can also use words, audio recording or video to wish RTI a happy 88th birthday. RTI will select the three most creative entries for cash prizes. Successful entrants will also be entered for a prize draw. Sign up now to submit your entry!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Link for entry form:

Sunday, May 08, 2016

AIR mulls shutting down soft power short wave units

The Prasar Barati Board is contemplating shutting down the short-wave service of the External Services Division (ESD) of All India Radio (AIR) even as a proposal to switch to an affordable internet-based radio service is still under consideration. A section of the board is keen on closing down the short wave service as an exorbitant amount is being spent to maintain the current infrastructure.

"The total budget allocated to ESD is Rs 100 crore annually. Out of this, approximately Rs 95 crore is spent on the maintenance of short wave transmitters, which includes the high cost of spare parts that are not easily available. The remaining Rs 5 crore is spent on the production of programmes in 27 languages, and to pay the salaries of the staff who are hired on a contract basis," said a senior official in the ESD.

"One would expect to gain a large fan base after spending so much money, but this has not been the case with ESD. Since no survey has ever been done to determine the number of listeners, we cannot give an exact or even an approximate number of people who listen to AIR's ESD channels across the world. But we know that we have a good following based on the feedback that we receive from people in countries where ESD is being listened to. Our listeners send us postcards or emails from Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, etc. But the following is not in proportion to the money being spent on this service," said the senior officer.

"The proposal suggests the shutting down of short wave and the service being made web-based. Since internet is far reaching, listening radio live on the web should not hurt our existing fan base. But of course there is the argument that short wave can reach even the remotest corners of the world, which is not the case with internet signals. The shutting down of short wave, without a doubt, will affect the propaganda value of India among its listeners abroad. This is why there are chances that the short wave service might continue in neighboring countries like China, Nepal, etc. Also, India's edge in a continent like Africa will suffer a blow if the short-wave is to be shut down," said sources in AIR.

To understand the importance of short wave radio services overseas one can take a look at the efforts that neighbouring China puts in for its own propaganda among audiences abroad. "The communication strategies of China are impressive. For example, they have respective radio documentaries about neighbouring countries that educate the listeners about China's take on the issues in that particular country. Their transmitters are used to their full capacity which helps the listener get a perfect signal. In India, none of our transmitters are being used to their full capacity. So a listener would automatically prefer to listen to a frequency that is clear and easy to hold on to. They also invest a lot in the content of their programmes. There are Tamil radio programmes made by the Chinese who speak Tamil. We have a programme in Swahili, which is produced with the help of some African students who study in India. The reason why India has failed to match the strategic communication design implemented by our neighbour is that India is still a developing country. We have more important issues that need to be addressed immediately. The decision to save money and put it in improving our internet services and the quality of our programmes is not a bad idea either," said a senior official in ESD.

The e-mail sent by this correspondent to Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, did not get any response until the time of going to press.

All India Radio had started external broadcasting shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, with a service in Pushtu for listeners across the country's then North West Frontier. The service was designated to counter radio propaganda from Germany, directed at Afghanistan, Iran and Arab countries. After the war ended, the equipment was presented to AIR, which took over active control and continued external broadcasting.

At present, ESD broadcasts 57 transmissions daily, with almost 72 hours covering over 108 countries in 27 languages, out of which 15 are foreign and 12 are Indian. The Indian languages are Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali, Punjabi, Saraiki, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The foreign languages are Arabic, Balochi, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, French, Indonesian, Persian, Pushtu, Russian, Sinhala, Swahili, Thai, Tibetan and English (General Overseas Service).


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Effective March 27, 2016

Cambodian 11990nnn, 9765nnn, 684dof
Cantonese 17490bei, 11820xia
Chinese 13655xia, 13580bei, 12035xia, 11975kun, 11900bei, 11780jin, 9435kun
English 15125bei, 13750bei, 11885xia, 11790xia, 9570cer, 7425kas, 7350kas, 6180kas, 6075kas, 6020cer
Hakka 15100bei, 9610kun, 9550kun, 9460kun
Mongolian 11875bei, 9470xia
Portuguese 9710kas, 9560bei
Russian 9445huh, 7405huh, 1521
Spanish 15120hab, 5990hab
Vietnamese 13770xia, 11770bei, 603dof

Amoy 174950ei, 15425xia, 15100bei, 11980kun, 11945kun, 9610kun, 9550kun, 9460kun
Chinese 15140xia, 13580bei, 11770nnn, 11650uru, 9655nnn, 9560kas
English 15785xia, 15125bei, 11770kas, 9675kas, 9580hab, 9570cer, 9535kas, 9470kas, 6180kas, 6020cer
Russian 13600xia, 5905kas, 1521
Urdu 9695kas, 7240kas

Chinese 15160jin, 13655xia
Spanish 9710kas, 9590kas

Nepalese 13780kun, 11860kun

Pashto 15435xia, 11870kas, 9765kas

Amoy 17490bei, 15425xia
Bengali 11640kun, 9655kun
Chinese 15140bei, 9825kas, 9815kas, 9690E, 9580hab,9570cer, 6020cer
English 13640kas, 11770kas
Hakka 17495bei, 15425xia
Russian 17640xia, 5905kas
Spanish 9710kas, 9595kas
Tamil 17505kun, 15260kas, 13600kas
Urdu 11650kas, 9450kas

Nepalese 13780kun, 11730kun

Chinese 17540bei, 15230xia, 15160jin, 15130bei, 9570cer, 9450kas, 6020cer
English 15785xia, 15120bei, 15110kas, 13590bei, 11770kas, 9790hab, 738msk
Hindi 15350kas, 15210kas, 13720kas, 11640kas
Russian 17710jin, 17640xia, 15435uru, 5905kas
Tamil 13730kas, 13600kun

Cantonese 15230xia, 15160jin, 9790hab
Chinese 15130bei, 15110kas, 13640kas
English 17855bei, 17730xia, 15785xia, 15120bei, 13590bei
Hakka 17710bei, 17540kas, 17510xia, 15350kas
Russian 17640xia, 15665kas, 15445kas, 5905kas
Vietnamese 17740xia, 11650kun, 684dof, 603dof

Cantonese 15230xia, 15160jin
Chinese 15785xia, 15130bei, 15120bei, 15110kas
English 17855bei, 17730xia, 17540kas, 17510kas, 15465kas,15350kas, 11895kas, 11710cer
Russian 15665kas, 15445kas
Vietnamese 17740xia, 11650kun, 684dof, 603dof

Arabic 17485kas, 11775cer, 9590cer, 9515cer
German 17615uru, 17720kas

Chinese 17740xia, 17650kas, 17615kun, 15785xia, 15230xia, 15160jin, 15120bei, 11710nnn
English 17710bei, 17695xxx, 17540kas, 17510kas, 15465kas, 15350kas, 15145kas, 13645xia, 11895kas, 11870kas, 11710cer
Italian 17520kas

French 17865kas
Spanish 17680kas

Cantonese 17875kun, 15230xia, 11640jin
Chaozhou 17750xia, 15145xia
Chinese 17840xia, 17740xia, 17650kas, 17615kun, 17520kas,
11875nnn, 11710nnn
English 17710bei, 13660xia

Chinese 11855cer
English 17670kas, 17540kas, 17490kas, 15465kas, 15350kas,
13710cer, 11895kas

Chinese 17650kas, 17560xia, 15560xia, 15230xia, 11640jin, 9880bei
English 11620xia
Hausa 7295bko

Russian 15665uru, 15335kas

Indonesian 17735kun, 17705kun, 15135kun

Chinese 17850kun, 17670kun, 17560xia, 15560xia, 13570xia,11895nnn, 9880bei, 7430jin
English 17750kas, 17650kas, 17650kun, 17570uru, 17490kas,15350kas, 13790jin, 11620xia
Romanian 9460cer, 7285cer

Chinese 17840kas, 17530xia, 15525uru, 15250kun, 13850bei,
11980kun, 9460nnn

Malay 17680kun, 15135kun

Cantonese 17670kun, 15440kun
Chinese 17650kas, 17540bei, 9890xia, 9880bei
English 17750kas, 17490kas, 15350kas, 15210kun, 13790jin,
13720xia, 13590bei, 13570xia, 11635bei, 11610xia, 9865xxx
Hungarian 17570kas, 15220kas
Russian 11935szg, 9725huh, 7390huh, 1323uru, 1116, 963huh

Japanese 11620xia, 7325jin, 1044fr1100 Changzhou Henglin

Cambodian 15160nnn, 9490kun, 684dof
Indonesian 17605kun, 15135kun

Bulgarian 7220cer
Burmese 9880kun, 1188
Cantonese 13580kun, 9645bei, 9590kun, 9540bei, 7370nnn, 603dof
Chaozhou 11875kun, 9440kun
Chinese 17650kas, 15440kun, 13755kas, 13610kas, 11750bei, 7435bei
Czech 17570kas, 15225kas
English 13720xia, 13590bei, 11795kas, 1269yun
Esperanto 15110uru, 11635uru, 9455xxx
Mongolian 11610xia, 7390huh
Russian 11935szg, 9890bei, 9725huh, 1521uru, 1323lha, 1116, 963huh
Vietnamese 17530xia, 11720bji, 9550bei, 1296yun

English 17490kas, 15660kas, 13665cer, 11660kas, 11650uru, 5955bei

Korean 13620xia, 1323cah, 1017 Changzhou Henglin

Filipino 12070xia, 11955kun, 7410jin, 5910bei, 1341 Huadu Guangdong

Thai 9785kun, 7360kun

Filipino 17510xia, 11955kun

Amoy 11910bei
Cantonese 13590hab
Cambodian 11680nnn, 9440kun
Chinese 17650kas, 15110uru, 13755kas, 13610kas, 7435bei
English 17630uru, 15660kas, 11980kun, 11760kun, 11690xia,9760kun, 9730kun, 9645bei, 9600kun, 9460kas,
1341 Huadu Guangdong, 1269yun, 1188, 684dof
Mongolian 5990huh, 5915huh, 100.9ula, 103.7Darkhan
Russian 17575szg, 13600xia, 13575uru, 11935szg, 7400kas,
6100bei, 1521uru, 1323lha, 963huh
Serbian 7345cer
Vietnamese 11720bji, 11640xia, 9550bei, 1296yun

Chinese 13810kas, 11790kas - news radio
Chinese 9855bei, 9540kun, 7440nnn
French 17560kas

Laotian 9785kun, 7360kun
Malay 15600kun, 11955kun

Bengali 11610kun, 9600bji, 9490kun
Burmese 11780kun, 9880kun, 1188
Chinese 13855kas, 13650uru, 7435bei, 7215xia
English 17630uru, 13755kas, 13670kas, 13590hab, 11980xia,
11900kun, 11760kun, 11660kas, 9870xia, 9765bei,
9730bei, 5955bei, 1341 Huadu Guangdong, 684dof
Esperanto 11650bej, 9440nnn
French 17880bko, 17650kas, 13685bko
Hindi 11675uru, 9450kas, 1422kas
Japanese 7410jin, 7325xia, 1044
Mongolian 7285bei, 6100bei, 100.9ula, 103.7Darkhan
Russian 13600xia, 9675szg, 7400kas, 5990huh, 5915huh,
1521uru, 1323lha, 963huh
Vietnamese 9685xia, 9550bei, 1296yun, 603dof

Indonesian 11955kun, 9535kun
Thai 9785kun, 7360kun, 1080

Amoy 11650kun, 9655kun
Bengali 11610kun, 9490kun, 1269yun
Burmese 11780uru
Cambodian 9880nnn, 6055kun, 684dof
Chinese 15410kas, 11785kas, 11610uru, 9730kas, 7435bei,7410bei, 7235kas, 6040xia
English 17630bko, 17630uru, 15700hab, 13710kas, 13685bko,
11765uru, 11675uru, 11665uru, 9870xia, 9765xia, 5955bei,1422kas
Japanese 7410jin, 7395xia, 1044
Korean 5965xia, 1017
Mongolian 5990huh, 5915huh
Nepalese 7435kun, 7250xia, 1269yun
Russian 9675szg, 7330xia, 5905kas, 1521uru, 1323lha
Sinhalese 11900jin, 7265kas 1188
Tamil 13600kas, 11685kas
Urdu 11660kun, 9435kas, 1422kas
Vietnamese 12010bji, 9550bei, 684dof, 603dof

French 13670cer, 11920cer

Burmese 11780kun
Filipino 11640bei, 7325bei, 1341

Laotian 9785kun, 7360kun, 1080

Pashto 11665kun, 9665kas
Persian 9600kas, 9570uru

Bengali 9610kun, 9490kun
Chinese 13755kas, 13680kas, 9560kas, 9455kun, 7435bei,7235kas, 5910bei
English 17630bko, 15700hab, 15245kas, 13685bko, 13640kas,11610kas, 9880nnn, 9870xia, 9720uru, 9675jin, 7395uru, 7325bei,5955bei, 1323lha, 1188
Hindi 7265kas, 7225uru
Japanese 9585xia, 7410jin, 1044
Nepalese 7435kun, 7250xia
Russian 13860szg, 11790uru, 9880xia, 5990huh, 5965bei,5915huh, 5905kas, 1521uru, 1323cah, 963hua
Tamil 11685kas, 9690kas
Turkish 9565cer, 7345cer
Urdu 9435kas, 7285kun, 1422kas
Vietnamese 9550bei, 684dof, 603dof

Pashto 11880kun, 9665kas, 9570uru

Arabic 17880bko, 15125bko
English 15250kas, 13760kas, 11965kas, 11940kas, 11900jin,9880nnn, 9570bei, 7235kas, 6175nnn, 6060kun,1323lha, 1080
Hakka 11880xia, 9770uru
Hindi 7395uru, 7235kas, 5915kas, 1422kas, 1269yun, 1188
Russian 13680szg, 13580uru, 11875uru, 5905kas, 1521uru
Swahili 7245xia, 5985bei
Turkish 7325kun, 6165uru
Vietnamese 9550bei, 7315kun, 684dof, 603dof

Arabic 13790kas, 11725cer, 9555cer
French 15680kas
German 7380cer, 5970cer

Hausa 13785kas, 9685kun

Croatian 11825bei, 9435kas
Cantonese 9770xia, 9435uru
English 13760kas, 13570xia, 12015bei, 11900jin, 9880nnn,
9570bei, 7420kas, 7410kas, 7265kun, 7235bei, 6175nnn,
6165bei, 6140kas, 6060kun, 1323htb, 1080xua
Esperanto 13570bei, 11650xia
Russian 13640uru, 11875uru, 9470bji, 7410szg, 1521uru
Swahili 15125bko, 13645bko, 11680xia, 5985bei

Chinese 11660szg, 9695kun, 9685uru, 7315kun, 7275uru
Hausa 13645bko(1800-), 11640bko(1800-), 9685kun, 9450kas

Persian 9670bei, 7415xia

Chaozhou 13700uru, 11895xia
English 13760kas, 9600bei
Italian 7435jin, 7340kas
Russian 9765szg, 9560bji, 7210uru, 1521uru

French 11695cer, 9455cer, 6055cer, 5970cer
German 11775kas, 11650uru, 7395kas

Bulgarian 9695kun, 9695jin, 7265uru, 6020szg
Persian 9670bei, 7415xia

Arabic 13685bko, 11640bko

French 9645kun, 7350uru

Czech 9515bei, 7415uru
Hungarian 9560uru, 7435xia
Romanian 6090uru

Albanian 7385kas, 6020szg
Cantonese 11895kas, 7215bei
English 9440kun, 7295kas
Portuguese 13630bko/11640bko fr 1930, 11750jin, 9765bei,
9730kas, 9535bji, 7405xia, 5985bei
Russian 9525bei, 7245bji, 6110xia, 1521
Turkish 9655kun, 7255kun

Czech 7415uru
Romanian 7435xia, 6090uru

Esperanto 9745uru, 7265uru

Serbian 9585kas, 7390xia, 7325uru

Chinese 9865kun, 7440bei, 7405xia, 7335szg, 7245kas
English 13630bko, 11640bko, 9600kas, 9440kun, 7415kas,
7295kas, 7285cer, 5985bei
Polish 7305uru, 6020szg
Russian 9525bei, 7245bji

Arabic 7235cer, 6185cer, 6100xia
English 7285cer, 5960cer

Bulgarian 11940kun, 9720uru
Hungarian 9585kas, 7390jin

Italian 7345kas, 7265uru

French 11660kas, 9430uru

English 13630bko, 11640bko
Serbian 7445kun, 7325xia

Croatian 7225bei, 6135bei
English 9600kas, 7415kas, 7325bei, 7205xia
Serbian 6135bei

Korean 7290xia, 1323, 1017
Spanish 9640kas, 7335szg

Hungarian 7445uru

French 13630bko, 11975bko

Chinese 9675bei, 7430jin, 7395uru, 7325kun, 7265kun,7215kun, 6140kun, 6100kun, 5975bei
English 9590bei
Esperanto 9860kas, 7300kas
Japanese 13640jin, 9535xia
Portuguese 9685kas, 9410kas, 7260uru, 6175cer
Spanish 9490bei

Spanish 7250uru, 7210cer

Chinese 15505bko, 11975bko

Cambodian 11990nnn, 9765nnn, 684dof
Cantonese 15100bei, 11945kun, 9460kun, 7325kun, 6140kun
Chinese 11975bko, 11900bei, 9865uru, 7295bko
English 11955kun, 11790xia, 11690bei, 7350kas, 6180kas,5990hab, 5915kas
Japanese 13640jin, 11680xia
Mongolian 12085xia, 9470xia
Portuguese 13650hab, 9560bei
Russian 9445huh, 7405huh
Spanish 6175cer
Vietnamese 11620bei, 7220xia, 603dof

Spanish 9800kas, 9590kas

Sinhalese 9490kun, 7260kas

Source :
Via Alokesh Gupta

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Radio Veritas Asia A16

March 27, 2016 -  October 30, 2016

Time (UTC) Language Frequency (kHz)

2100–2257 Mandarin   6115
2300-2327 Filipino   15355
2330–2357 Vietnamese 9670
2330–2357 Myanmar    9720
0000–0027 Karen      11935
0000–0027 Kachin     9645
0030–0057 Bengali    15265
0100–0127 Telugu     15530
0100–0127 Urdu       15280
0130–0200 Zomichin   15255 (Th-F-S-S)
0130–0200 Teddimchin 15255 (M-T-W)
0130–0230 Vietnamese 15530
1000–1027 Khmer      11850
1000–1157 Mandarin   11945
1130–1157 Myanmar    15450
1200–1227 Hmong      11935
1200–1227 Karen      11890
1230–1257 Kachin     15225
1300–1357 Vietnamese 11850
1330–1357 Chin       11870
1400-1427 Hindi      11870
1400–1427 Bengali    11825
1430-1457 Urdu       15330
1430–1500 Telugu     11870
1500-1553 Filipino   15620
Via  Alokesh Gupta

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NGO to launch community radio for Rameswaram fishermen

RAMESWARAM: An NGO will launch a community radio for the fisher folk in Rameswaram. The NGO, Nesakarangal Trust, plans to launch the community radio -- Kadalosai 90.4 FM -- on April 14.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

First WebSDR from India coming up !

Have you ever wanted to listen to HF bands from India ? Don't have a HF receiver and antenna? Out of town and miss listening to the bands ? Or just trying to test your new transmitter?

Your needs have been answered !

We are proud to introduce to you, South Asia and India's first WebSDR!, a mirror to your own transmissions !
(A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously)

The web service will be available to all via from March 13th! (running on testing mode now)
We have a 30 user limit now. If u are not able to access, refresh window.

Current Hardware is a LinuxMint server with VUSDR from Dr Naidu. Antenna is an Inverted V at ~45m MSL
Currently this is in the testing mode and we are planning to add more bands and spectrum later.

Chrome browser is working with android perfectly, iOs Safari will work only on mobile mode of site and also needed to be enabled "iOS audio start" button which comes near to the Waterfall

Linux/Windows users: Select HTML5 and if audio wont come up. Check whether the audio device is busy on playing music or some audio application.

Android app PocketRxTX support is coming up.
Mac: Not tested so far
Default configuration of the site is done to 7070LSB for PC users, Mob-site configuration yet to do :)

Our team :  Ragav VU3VWR,SureshVU2XSK,Kaviyarasu, Myself VU2XPK and Saro VU3OBR

Hope you will like it, expecting your feedback's!
Thanks and 73,

Sinosh Pushparajan
SIARS (South India Amateur Radio Society)
Via Alokesh Gupta

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Radio Ceylon, the trailblazer that was !

By Dr Upul Wiayawardhana

In spite of the likelihood that I may be accused of dwelling on the glories of our bygone days, a favourite pastime of ours, I would fail in my duty if I do not share what I discovered, by sheer accident,about an institution I was associated with in my youth. Listening to 'Radio Ceylon' on a 'valve' radio with a creaky sound, in spite of a huge aerial drawn across the two tallest coconut trees in our garden, was the main source of entertainment in our childhood. It was a time when, fortunately for us, children's programmes were at their zenith and soon Karunaratna Abeysekara, better known as 'Karuayya', became my idol.

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Via Alokesh Gupta

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humanitarian Aspects of HFCC Activities

In contrast the huge technical potential of international shortwave broadcasting that operates transmitter facilities tens, or hundred times, more powerful than those of amateur radio, remains almost unused in emergencies. At the moment when local and even regional communication and information networks are needed most, they are destroyed or overloaded and the population suffers from an information blackout. Shortwave radio is capable of remaining the only source of information.

Although the life-saving role of radio broadcasting is widely recognised by the public, and confirmed by surveys conducted after the recent disasters - and even acknowledged by world leaders - no concrete projects have been ever designed and no regulatory framework has been developed.

That is why the HFCC - International Broadcasting Delivery in co-operation with the Arab States and Asia-Pacific broadcasting unions are working on an International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR) project that is based on the system of online co-ordination of frequencies managed by the HFCC in accordance with International Radio Regulations.

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Via Alokesh Gupta

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide

New Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

What is shortwave radio and why should you listen to it?

Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio broadcasts transmitting on frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz. These transmissions can propagate thousands of miles and can reach audiences worldwide. For instance, if you live in the United States you can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from countries like Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have a good shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

Quite simply shortwave radio provides the listener with a window to the world that no other communications medium can provide. The listener will be entertained with unique perspectives to events from around the world that you cannot get from most national media outlets.

Throughout the world, shortwave radio remains the most readily available and affordable means of global communication and information. You'll learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life in over 300 different languages and dialects. Shortwave radio also provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from around the world.

There are even transmissions from the dark side of shortwave radio from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are deceptive and they usually exist to bring about political changes or actions to a particular target country. Programming is essentially propaganda, and may largely be half-truths or sometimes outright lies.

If you want to get into the action then the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is a must purchase to let you know when and where to listen for broadcast radio stations in the shortwave broadcast spectrum.

The Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum.

It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to "all" the known stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio at time of publication. This unique shortwave resource is the "only" publication in the world that offers by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.

New In this edition, there is a feature on listening to Asia's broadcast giant – China, updated information on the state of tropical band broadcasting, and a special feature on Who's Who in the shortwave radio spectrum outside the regular broadcast bands. Frequency and station coverage has also increased in this edition to include Longwave frequency broadcasters, and international standard time and frequency stations worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2015-2016 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from at The price for this latest edition is US$5.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular website.

This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book is published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.

If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.

You can view the complete Teak Publishing book catalog online at

Click on the Teak Publishing radio hobby e-book link at the top of the blog page. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen.

If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your radio shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

(Press Release)
Via Alokesh Gupta